Originally published in 1961, this shrewd, smartly written novel follows two American men traveling in Europe. Though both have struck out for the same continent, each man's methods of and motives for travel lead him to have a very different experience than the other. Underlying it all is the premise that Europe--the contrast, the otherness of it--can be a refiner's fire, deeply affecting a person's character. Europe represents a crucial step in Stern's development as a writer and stands as a witty, sharp point of entry into his writings and the writings of novelists who rose to prominence in the 1960s.
"Made out of the joy of language, witty and always entertaining, it is a beautifully
contrived artifact." --Anthony Burgess
—New York Times